MUMBAI: The body of renowned gastroenterology Dr Deepak Amarapurkar (58), who had been missing since Tuesday evening was found on Thursday morning at the Worli seashore. Amrapurkar was a senior gastroenterologist at the Bombay Hospital in South Mumbai. The fire brigade, Mumbai police and the state disaster management agency launched a massive search operation on Wednesday to locate him. Police said, while returning from work on Tuesday evening, Dr. Amrapurkar reportedly asked his driver to drop him midway, upon knowing that the road to his residence was flooded. He went missing barely ten minutes after his driver dropped him.
The search operation was launched by the agencies after his umbrella was found near a manhole and local residents told the police that they saw a man, in his fifties, drowning in the open manhole on Tuesday evening. The agencies searched almost every manhole in the Elpinston, Parel and Dadar area. The locals had removed the lid as the water didn’t recede for hours.
A taxi was parked just ahead of it and a bunch of bamboo sticks were placed near the manhole to prevent any accident. A few residents even tried to alert the doctor, but he probably didn’t hear them, police said.
Lucky escape for playschool kids
About 50 children had a narrow escape when the Hussainiwala Building collapsed at about 8.30 am, some half an hour before their playschool in the five-storey structure was to start the day. The school functioned on the ground floor of the building.
Saved in the nick of time
Twenty-five-year-old Mohammed Rafiq managed to dash out of the Husainiwala Building moments before it collapsed. Some people in his room were brushing their teeth when they heard someone cry outside, “Run... the building is about to crumble.”